If you think you are spending too much time on Facebook, it’s time to block the site and get some productive work done. Here are five quick ways to block Facebook – the site itself, the sporadic Like buttons, or instant personalization. Read on.
1. Facebook Disconnect for Google Chrome
If you hate the pesky Facebook Like buttons on blogs and websites, this addon for Google Chrome is all you need. Facebook Disconnect, made by an ex-Googler, prevents Like buttons from showing up anywhere on the web. It does not block the actual Facebook site, though.
2. Block Instant Personalization Forever
Your Facebook information is shared with certain exclusive sites like Pandora/Bing to customize your experience on those sites. This is an opt-out feature. You can turn this off if you go to Privacy Settings > Edit Settings and uncheck Enable instant personalisation on partner websites. Good to go.
3. Block Facebook Completely With Hosts File
The system hosts file is a way of telling your computer where a site is. You can use that to quickly block Facebook without having to install any additional browser extensions or software. All you need to do is hit Winkey + R, wait for the Run dialog to appear, and type: notepad C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Edit the file to append
127.0.0.1 facebook.com127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com
4. Block Facebook If Used More Than Ten Minutes
If you don’t want to block the Facebook site completely using the Hosts file method mentioned above, you can instead choose to block Facebook for a specific time interval. Just download and install the StayFocusd extension for Google Chrome (or LeechBlock if you’re using Firefox). For instance, you can choose to block Facebook after an hour of usage. Come back and thank us if your productivity improved.
5. Block App Spam and Crap Messages on Facebook
If you actually want to use Facebook, but can’t stand the crappy apps, try the FB Purity Extension for Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera or Safari. FB Purity clears out updates from unwanted spammy applications and hides notifications that appear on your feed when your friends join groups or attend events. It strips all your Facebook pages down to what you may actually find worth reading. You can also choose to blacklist or whitelist additional apps.
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